After almost a decade away from Madison Square Garden and the bright lights of New York City, 38-year old Marcus Camby is once again a member of the NY Knicks.
The Houston Rockets have agreed to send Camby to the Knicks in exchange for a package that includes Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, the teams second-round picks in 2014 and 2015, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
Marcus will then sign a 3-year deal with New York worth $13.2 million dollars. The third year is a partial guarantee.
In 59 outings with the Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers this past season, Camby averaged 4.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game.
Grade for New York: B -
The Knicks sure did give up a lot of assets for a 38-year old big man nearing the end of his career.
Even at his age, Camby has proven that he can still handle himself down low in the paint on the defensive end. With his size and length, he will be a problem for almost any big in the league.
Marcus clearly won’t be expected to play a lot of minutes. He will spot starter Tyson Chandler here and there for short spurts during games, allowing the Knicks to not see huge drop-offs in defensive efficiency when Chandler sits on the bench.
I don’t understand why they would offer Camby a three-year deal though. Signing him for just the 2012-13 season would have made more sense.
Can Marcus truly be effective at the age of 41?
He has defied “Father Time” up to this point, but how much longer can that last?
With the signing of Camby as well as veteran point guard Jason Kidd, the New York Knicks have gotten a lot older fast. They are clearly in a “win-now” mode and have bypassed waiting on their young players to emerge by signing older vets who give them a better chance at a championship this coming season rather than down the road.
For their sake, let’s all hope that was the right move.
Grade for Houston: B
The only reason I give the Rockets an above-average grade is because they ended up with quite the haul for a player who was on his way out the door anyways.
Houston had no more use for him.
Douglas, Harrellson and Jordan won’t be blowing fans away with their ability anytime soon, but they are young pieces that not only have a lot of room to develop and grow into solid rotation players, but may in fact come in handy when trade offers are being thrown around.
I believe the ship has sailed on Dwight Howard coming to the Rockets. If all GM Daryl Morey is doing is stockpiling players and picks to make one final push at “Superman”, then he is going to be in for one rude awakening.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports